The order in which the teams bat is determined by a coin toss. The captain of the side winning the toss may elect to bat or field first.
The 11 players from the fielding team go out to field while only two from the batting side go out to bat. The other 9 wait in the dressing room and go out to bat one after the other as when someone is out or when a player retires. Each batsman wears protective gear and carries a cricket bat.
Now the game progresses by the bowling of balls. The sequence of events which constitutes a ball follows: